Beacon Street Diary
The 54th Annual meeting of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches is being held in Plymouth, MA June 21-24. This week we've had several visits from members attending the conference. We are very pleased to have these visitors, provide a tour, and discuss with them what we are doing here. Our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, and our Archivist, Jess Steytler, will be in Plymouth this weekend and Monday. Stop by and say hello. Information regarding the library and archive will be available. If you are in Boston, please stop in at 14 Beacon Street. We continue to collect and preserve the rich history of the Congregational Way.
There is still time to reserve a spot for this week in the walking tour led by Library Director, Peggy Bendroth. She will guide participants to the city's famous Congregational landmarks from Old South Church to Park Street.
If interested, call Peggy at 617-523-0470 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $10 for a 90 minute tour like no other in Boston. Hope you will join us on one of these dates: June 19, June 23, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28.
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A new workshop, "New Technologies in Church Settings" is being offered Monday June 16. Spaces are still available, so please review the seminar page on our website and sign up.
This class will walk participants through the definitions and explore how to use the following:
- RSS feeds
- Google Applications
- Alternatives in Social Networking
We will offer this class again in the fall as well.
A technical/meta note: We had been having issue with our "info" email address. It should be fixed now.
After a hiatus, we have added a new podcast to our Instant History section of our website. Find out more about the remarkable Anoinette Brown Blackwell.
Additionally, the Highland Congregational Church, which closed in 2006 and was processed by Simmons Intern Alina Morris has its guide on our website, at long last.
New Technology in Church Settings
June 16, 9:30am-2:30pm
Archivist Jessica Steytler (email@example.com) leads this 3/4 day seminar on internet based technologies. This class will be very helpful to anyone within a church setting trying to improve communications within the office or with committees/groups; managing online reading/fact-finding; interested in creating an online community specifically for your church or region. All the new tools explored do not require any financial commitment beyond having a computer and an internet connection. Specific technologies under discussion include wikis, the NING social networking site, RSS feeds, and blogs.
Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for the practical applications. Lunch included
Cost: $20 per person
Limit: 10 people per session
QUESTIONS: Call 617-523-0470
Jessica Steytler will be offering her advice at the UCC Massachusetts Conference WebFest on May 31. She will be discussing "Intra-church communication through your site" during one of the morning slots. Featured tools will include: Wikis and the NING social networking site, and Google applications. There will be a lot of opportunity for collaboration and asking questions.
There is still time to register for the workshops scheduled for May 20, 2008. "Where do I start?" a seminar on research using the collections of the Congregational Library and "Records Management" a seminar for church historians and other record keepers are each a half day. You can sign up for one or both. Lunch is on your own. See our website for registration or email administrative assistant Sarah James firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Brown Bag Book Discussion will take place Tuesday, May 13 at 12 Noon in the Library's Pratt Room. Please bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion of one of the infamous Salem Witch Trial judges. If time and weather permit, we will take a short walk to the crypt of the Sewall family in the Granary Burial Ground behind us. Or you can look out our Reading Room windows and view the site.
Here are some links to reviews of this book. We look forward to hearing your comments:
New York Times Review of Eve LaPlante's Salem Witch Judge.
Boston Globe Review of Salem Witch Judge.